Meet Your Dog: The Game-Changing Guide to Understanding Your Dog's Behavior (Dog Training Book, Dog Breed Behavior Book)
Author: Kim Brophey (Author)
In a sea of dog-behavior-information overload, Brophey's new book provides a refreshing perspective and innovative new paradigm for understanding how our dogs think and behave. A dog owner's or prospective dog owner's dream guide, Meet Your Dog dispels countless myths about dogs that keep them entrenched in a netherworld where they must be subservient, one-dimensional, and a good dog who welcomes overtures from people and other dogs; the book promotes respect for a dog's personal space, which is key to healthy dog-human relationships. -Cuteness.com
In Meet Your Dog, nationally known behavior consultant Kim Brophey introduces L.E.G.S. (Learning, Environment, Genetics, and Self), an innovative model for understanding how dogs think and why they behave the way they do. Based on the latest findings in the field of canine cognition and behavior, this book is an invaluable resource, both for experienced dog lovers and for individuals seeking their first four-legged friend.
-Hal Herzog, author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard To Think Straight About Animals
It's refreshing to finally find a book that takes into consideration the many predispositions to behavior problems in dogs. Many written works and theories do not take this into account, yet it is one of the major keys to understanding, and subsequently changing, canine behavior. This book is unique as it considers the whole dog. Dogs are different. They have different personalities and breeds have specific tendencies. Kim does not ignore this. On the contrary, she teaches us simple and practical ways to use these differences and tendencies to not only give dogs a better life, but also to have a more harmonious relationship with their human. This publication is a game changer because it teaches us to really see the dog in its entirety. It present us with a framework to understand all the major factors that are essential in understanding canine behavior.
-Alexandre Rossi, star of Pet Mission (National Geographic, Brazil), and author of A Dog at the Keyboard
Meet Your Dog is an original book that will lead even the best of us dog people to think about both dog behavior and our own behavior in new ways. It is an important book that creates a bridge between behavior science and its daily practical application by dog owners and trainers. I truly wish I had had this book to read fifty years ago.
-Ray Coppinger, author of Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution, What is a Dog?, and How Dogs Work
Whether you have a dog, you are thinking about getting a dog, or you are a dog professional-there is something for you in Meet Your Dog! Packed with good advice, both in general about dogs, but also specifics about breeds and canine behavior challenges, you will be prepared and more confident to take on the responsibility of having a dog in our modern day lifestyles. Meet Your Dog and the LEGS approach is certain to be an enduring contribution to the dog training field.
-Jon Luke, Dogwise Publishing
About the Author
Kim Brophey, CDBC, BA, is a nationally certified and award winning canine behaviour consultant, and the owner of Dog Door Behaviour Centre in Asheville, NC. She was chosen as Outstanding Trainer of the Year by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers in 2009, and has recently joined the Board of Directors of the Asheville Humane Society.
Answer your customers' common questions
What training methods do you use?
Trail Sniffers follows the LIMA approach towards training. It stands for Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive.
Trail Sniffers believes that training is most effective when following science based and positive reinforcement methods.
Trail Sniffers strives for learner-centered, minimally stressful, and thoughtful training sessions with all species. We use gentle methods based on the most current science of dog training and behavior.
What training equiptment do you use?
Respect for dogs and their people, kindness, science, food, play, observation, humor, creativity, and a clicker/word markers "yes"
How quickly can you "fix" my dog or expect to see results?
Trail Sniffers job is not to "fix your dog and their behaviour. Our goal is to provide you with management stratergies, training knowledge and skills so that you feel confident in training and supporting your dog so that you both have a happy and sucsessful life together.
If your dog has been practicing an undesirable behavior for 2 years, do not expect the behaviour to change within 2 weeks. Often we can provide the information needed in our consultation to train the new behavior with no follow-up sessions, but practice is the key to success. Many behaviors will take multiple sessions. Expect the best outcome if you do the training too
What is a "Behavioural Consultation"?
Behavioural Consultations are designed to address undesirable behaviours rather than basic cues. Undesirable behaviours include barking, separation anxiety, aggression, fearfulness and anxiety to name a few.
Will I always have to train with rewards?
Rewards are your dogs motivator. Think of it like it is a payment for a job well done. There are things everywhere in the enviroment that a puppy and adult dog will deem to be more interesting than we are. We need to give them a reason to want to check in with us or perform a behavior or cue.
Simply put - Would you work for free? Probably not, so why would your doig ?
FoodPraise/Play/ which ever your dog finds most rewarding - only your dog will know. Rewarads are a motivators for our dogs when training and since they won’t accept cash, find what they do accept.
Can you guarantee the training will stick?
If you are consistent, follow Trail Sniffers instructions and you are kind in training your dog, we guarantee you will see a change in behavior.